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“Amazing canyon walk along river with beautiful imposing walls, not to be missed!”
Review of The Narrows

The Narrows
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7-Day National Parks Tour: Zion, Bryce Canyon...
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Owner description: Zion's most popular hiking trail is also its most dangerous due to occasional flash floods.
Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

This is an incredible walk, quite strenuous. It's June now and the water is thigh deep (I'm a reasonably tall lady!) you don't realise you're working as you are looking at the canyon walls and all their beauty as they narrow in around you, they are massive as they rise above you! I'd suggest you get proper canyoning boots waterproof sock linings and a sturdy stick (not a walking pole) which we hired from Zion outfitters by the very helpful and friendly Jim. I'm sure I enjoyed the day and didn't come back with a broken ankle purely because of his advice! Also wear waterproof sunscreen and take a thin warm top as the temperature changes and plenty of water. There are no loos at all once you're on the walk so be prepared! Go as early as possible as this walk is popular and gets crowded later in the day. Well worth doing, it's like going into a film set!

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Reviewed June 18, 2014

Bring a walking stick and prepare for an amazing time! Gorgeous views and definitely continue past where the stream splits. Do bring plenty of water and some snacks. You will not be disappointed!

Thank Thomas N
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

We happened on Zion Outfitters near the entrance to the park on our first day, when we were finding our bearings. We got speaking to Jim, who is a local (from near Bryce), and he recommended the Narrows - yes, sure, they hire the boots and poles, but he was very informative on the area, said we should go early and suggested we pick up the gear the day before so we could get an early start.

He was spot on. We picked up the boots and poles (only €22 which we thought cheap for a day's hire) late afternoon on the Thurs and then got up early the following day to be at the park by 7am. It takes just over half an hour to get the shuttle bus up to the end stop (Temple of Sirawava), so by the time we started our walk, it was 7.45am. We got to the river shortly after 8am, then the fun started. Wading up river, crossing currents and watching our footing, but the scenery was stunning and we got used to having wet legs, it got up to thighs a couple of times, but it was refreshing.

I'm a bit of a coward, but absolutely loved it. We walked / waded for nearly two hours before we turned back. Prrobably could have gone further as it was so much quicker on the way back - going with the current and more confident with the water. By the time we got close to the start, there were hours of people setting out - I don't think the experience would have been the same if there had been lots of people going when we did (we probably only met four people on the route up river).

Also, we were amazed to see some people in sandals and even bare feet - really? The boots we had were great, supported the ankles properly and the pole ensures we secured our footing on some of the faster current crossings. Far more enjoyable if you have e right gear.

A once in life time experience, but I hope not. Would love to back and I'd be more ambitious next time and go further :)

3  Thank CeliaE7
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

Returned to the Narrows this year and set off walking at 7.30am. So quiet and peaceful at that time, hardly anyone about. Much easier to pick your way through the rocks with less people.
Walked on until we got to where the canyon splits, at this point most people turn back. We took the left path, the right path being blocked by a huge boulder. ( but is passable if you are determined )
From then on it gets more challenging as the rocks get much more slippy and the water gets deeper and more forceful. We walked until Noon then made our way back, exhausted but happy.
Take water, and a picnic and we found that the neoprene socks that we wore made such a difference to our feet. You can get them on Ebay or rent them from the supplies shop. Give it a go, it's fabulous!

Thank June M
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

After a mile-long (paved and wheelchair accessible) walk along the beautiful Riverwalk Trail (starting the Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop), you enter the river. There is no trail per se beyond this point; the river is the trail. And the Narrows don't really narrow down until a mile or more further into the canyon, but it's spectacular right from the start.

You're in water up to your ankles or knees most of the way, and the hiking is strenuous since you're constantly trying to keep your balance on slick underwater rocks in swift (and always cold) water. Unfortunately, it's always crowded except in the cold off-season, and the crowds get worse as the day goes on. They don't really start to thin until you're two miles in and reach the much narrower Orderville canyon on the right, where most hikers turn back. Another slot canyon branches off to the left a bit further, and then another further still. The main river channel can be followed upriver to designated campsites (for which you need a permit).

A thru-hike (permit required) can be made in the opposite direction, starting in the North Fork of the Virgin River and hiking downstream (you have to cross Chamberlain's Ranch, private property, and leave a shuttle vehicle at the trailhead to be retrieved later).

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